Fractional-order systems have lately been attracting significant attention and gaining more acceptance as generalizations to classical integer-order systems. Mathematical basics of fractional-order calculus were laid nearly 300 years ago and since then have become established as deeply rooted mathematical concepts. Today, it is known that many real dynamic systems cannot be described by a system of simple differential equations of integer-order. In practice such systems are encountered in electronics, signal processing, thermodynamics, biology, medicine, control theory, etc. This Action will favour scientific advancement in the above mentioned areas by coordinating activities of academic  research groups towards an efficient deployment of fractional theory to industry applications. The cooperation of researchers from different institutions will guarantee wide visibility of results from the Action.

Specific Objectives

To achieve the main aims described in this action, the following specific objectives shall be accomplished:

Research Coordination

  • Define optimization steps leading to efficient implementation of fractional-order systems
  • Improve characteristics of fractional-order controllers that can be employed in different industrial loops or in electro-mechanical systems
  • Develop tools to define dynamic simulation models, control schemes and algorithms
  • Design and implement fractional-order controllers for industrial processes
  • Design and characterize new fractional-order elements using prospective technologies in order to obtain robust and commercial devices
  • Utilize fractional-order adjustment rules to model reference adaptive control in engineering applicationsImplement fractional-order digital/analogue function blocks especially in medical signal processing
  • Utilize fractional-order models and systems in bioengineering and engineering applications
  • Characterize preservation properties of non-integer order control and dynamical systems under discretization

Capacity Building

  • Establishment of European-wide scientific and technology knowledge platform in order to instigate interdisciplinary interaction for the development of innovative fractional-order systems
  • Bridging separate research fields and disciplines to present interdisciplinary approach to scientific research and foster multidisciplinary breakthroughs
  • Ensure Early Career Investigators to participate in the Action within dedicated dissemination and formation activities such as workshops or STSMs and give them the best possible return in terms of scientific knowledge, research direction and coordination skills
  • Increase the gender balance in terms of researchers involved in Action activities both in terms of technical and scientific contribution as well as of research direction and Action governance